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Important seed importation regulations for customers from the United Kingdom

The import of any living plant material (including seed) into the UK is regulated by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Since 1 January 2021 seeds from a couple of “high priority plants” cannot be shipped to the UK anymore as they will require additional paperwork and a phytosanitary certificate. The respective items are marked accordingly in our catalogue:
- Capsicum spp. (chili, hot pepper, etc. - including all wild species)
- Helianthus annuus (common sunflower)
- Linum usitatissimum (common flax)

As of 1 January 2022 some additional species will then be considered “regulated and notifiable” items, and we will not be able to send them anymore to the UK either:
- Prunus spp. (almond, apricot, cherry, peach, plum, etc. - including all wild species)
- Rubus spp. (all raspberries, blackberries, etc. - including all wild species)
- Zea mays (corn - including all wild forms)

All other seeds can still be shipped to the UK =>until 30 June 2022<= without a phytosanitary certificate nor any other additional paperwork or pre-notification to UK authorities.

Finally, from 1 July 2022 onwards a phytosanitary certificate will be obligatory for any plant material - including all seeds from ornamental plants.

We are looking forward to offering phytosanitary certificates from 1 July 2022 onwards, however these will incurr a fee of a minimum of some Euro 70,00 per shipment to UK addresses (with the exemption of Northern Ireland). Thus the deadline for not having to pay for a later obligatory phytosanitary certificate will be around 15 June 2022.

External link (Defra):
More information on UK seed import regulations